It is more likely than not that 2020 will be the last season in which Corey Davis will be playing in a Titans uniform. After being selected fifth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Davis has not played up to his billing. And it is no secret that the team has not been impressed.
Back in May, Titans’ GM Jon Robinson elected not to exercise Davis’ fifth-year option, which would carry a salary over $15 million for the young wide receiver.
While he understands the business side of the decision, Davis’ only focus is on the season at hand. “Now I’m just focused on me and this team,” he said. “I’m obviously still a Titan for another year. [I’ve] got a lot to improve on, so I’m just focusing on getting better and doing what I can to help this team out.”
Not sure how well you can see this, but nice one-handed grab by Corey Davis. pic.twitter.com/em54fW8Jhr
— John Glennon (@glennonsports) August 18, 2020
Davis’ inconsistent play on the field coupled with the inability to stay healthy has hindered his chances of sticking with the team following this year.
If Davis performs poorly, the Titans will kick the tires on the pass catcher and look to the 2021 NFL Draft to find his replacement. If Davis exceeds expectations, he could expect multiple teams to come in with offers higher than the Titans would prefer to pay a shaky WR2.
Davis’ injury history has worked against him during his tenure in Tennessee. His rookie season was abbreviated due to a hamstring injury that sidelined him for five games. Most recently, Davis is fresh from an offseason toe surgery that he hopes will help his performance on the field. During the 2019 season, with the injured toe, he amassed 43 catches for 601 yards and two touchdowns.
The 1,000-yard mark to a wide receiver is equivalent to the blue checkmark for a Twitter user. It provides status and credibility. While the more difficult feat is obviously hauling in four digits worth of receiving yards, they both share the same unspoken sentiment. In achieving each feat there is an automatic elevation in where one stands amongst their peers.
Whether that assessment of judgment is right or not, that is just the way the world operates. There are clear exceptions to the rule… I’m looking at you, Geoff Schwartz. You too, Kenny Britt.
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) August 20, 2020
Davis has yet to eclipse that benchmark in three years with the Titans. He has only found the end zone on six occasions in the same time period. Titans fans have grown restless when Davis’ name comes up in conversation. And rightfully so.
With 2020 being a contract year, Davis knows the pressure to produce is heavier now than it has been in his short career. But every time Davis is put in front of cameras, he looks comfortable. And Tuesday’s media availability was no different. Davis is taking a more relaxed approach to this season and it is possible that this newfound mindset benefits him in a way that will provide a pay day next offseason.
“My mindset is different,” said Davis on how he plans to handle the pressure this year.
“I tend to put way too much pressure on myself and expect a lot out of myself because I know what I’m capable of doing. Some things you just got to put in God’s hands and go out there and play fast and control what you can control.”
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